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Self-driving cars planned for 2 Japanese airports

Marubeni and startup ZMP team up to boost efficiency as travelers increase

ZMP is the company behind the self-driving taxis that debuted in Tokyo this year. 

TOKYO -- Japanese trading house Marubeni will test out automated vehicles at airports serving the Tokyo and Nagoya areas next month, teaming with Tokyo-based autonomous driving startup ZMP.

The partners will set up a joint venture this month to carry out the trials at Narita Airport outside Tokyo and Chubu Airport near Nagoya starting in late January, targeting a 2020 start to operations. As visitors to Japan increase, the self-operating vehicles are expected to improve efficiency and help ease labor shortages.

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